Funky Japanese restaurant with the usual fare: sushi, teriyaki, donburi, etc.
I have ordered delivery from this restaurant at least a dozen times over the last couple years and it was always "good for delivery" but not great. I don't think they deliver anymore so we decided to dine in instead. I have to say, I was quite surprised.
First off, the decor does need a bit of an overhaul. The lighting is quite bright and they have an 80s, fake-wood looking clock on one wall. We sat in a booth which were quite comfortable and unusual for a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver which was nice. Some of the spelling mistakes on the door and the menu reminded me of Thailand and made me laugh out loud.
I counted 4 servers which in a small restaurant meant for very attentive service. All the dishes we ordered came out quickly and beer was served instantaneously.
The food was great. We ordered a bunch of dishes including ebi sunomono, sashimi salad, negitoro roll, ebi chili, yakitori and some pieces of nigiri including saba, tuna and salmon. The salmon and saba were really good. The only somewhat disappointing dish was the ebi chili as the sauce was kind of buttery and lacked any zip.
Overall, I was impressed with the food and attentive service. I would recommend.
Didn't have my hopes up for this place, but things did start looking up when we found out we had to reserve and arrived to a full restaurant. And this just for a late lunch. Hmmm...
Funky place. Who would've put Bauhaus and sushi together? Well it happens here. For the most part it's neat and tidy, but I'm not keen on the old chairs with grungy looking cushions. I have to say they run a very tight ship. The kitchen is tiny and there was only a handful of staff for everything, yet service and food came out reasonably quickly.
Especially given how nicely done the food was! We ordered a bunch of rolls and a zipang salad. The salad was pretty good, but they kind of over-loaded on the fried noodles, otherwise good concept and good taste. The rolls were amazing. For starters, there are many unique creations not found elsewhere and they have pieced together interesting tastes in a good combination. To top it off, the workmanship and plating is absolutely top-notch. Normally have only seen this at restauarants twice the price or much more.
Everything was fresh tasting, done very well with excellent presentation and an inexpensive price to boot.
Big win here. Highly recommended trip. We hope to be returning.
Gal pal and I made a visit today to Zipang Sushi today, I've always wanted to try this place after reading the reviews here and boy am I glad we did! It was quiet when we got there as it was 2 pm so lunch crowd were gone. We ordered the ebichilli roll which is really good and so were their staples like tori karaage, tempura, california roll and sashimi. The hamachi was really fresh, batter on the tempura light and this place is priced like any other authentic places. If compared to Chinese/Korean or Vietnamese owned sushi places like Samurai for eg, the portions are small as they are meant to be smaller portions, when have you seen a obsese japanese person? Anyhoo I digress. The food here is authentic, fresh, service friendly. I would never have guessed this was a legitimate authentic Japanese restaurant from the name Zipang but it is, looking forward to visiting again and possibly regular takeout, only downer for me is they are a little out of the way from Kits.
I remember the sushi chef (owner?) from about 2-3 yrs ago @ the Richmond Night Market when I had the pleasure of purchasing some of his takoyaki--fascinated as I was in how skillfully quick he managed to prepare the stuff, it became my favourite takoyaki stand. I recall asking if he had a restaurant location in the city as I really enjoyed watching him cook as he did it so well. He did not have one yet, but was flattered enough that he gave my friend & I a complimetary can of pop. Now, I finally got around to trying out this restaurant & who do I see manning the sushi bar? Yes, it's the same guy! Hayato-san. His takoyaki stand was named after him.
The sushi I've had for takeout b4 dropping by to eat in were cut much smaller than the dine-in portions tho even for dine-in, he was quite stingy w/ the uni nigiri as quite a bit of rice was showing thru the top of the pieces =P. The ikura was just ok.
The toro is nice & fatty as it should be & at the right temperature & texture. The negitoro roll had more negi than toro in it. Overall, the roll's definitely tiny.
The cooked food ranged from very mediocre to avg tho I did find their veggie okonomiyaki to be quite interesting. The batter of the pancake consisted more of egg than flour & the base was lined w/ greens (cabbage?) that gave it a nice crisp texture. This approach made it fairly light & quite a different experience.
The grilled fishes are tiny in portion when compared w/ other izakaya's. Definitely not worth the price nor the experience as it tasted pretty boring in flavour & texture.
The service is slow. Long waits between courses. One can see the sushi chef run into the kitchen to help out (other than prepping more rice for sushi-rolling) w/ the cooking.
The decor is a little bare, almost giving off a cafetaria feeling. All in all, I'd just wait a while to see if food preparation speeds up before going back to sample more as I'd love to support my favourite takoyaki stand chef.
I`d heard excellent things about this place and seen the lineups, and I`ve been trying to make it here for months. Finally was able to squeeze in an early dinner on the weekend. I thought the decor was nice enough, and the servers were attentive and efficient.
I guess my expectations were high coming here, and the cooked food was pretty good. We had baked eggplant with miso and the agedashi tofu, both delicious. But I really came here for the sushi, and found it to be slightly above average, but nothing to make a special trip for. Having experienced some really amazing sashimi around Vancouver, I thought the tuna and salmon sashimi was fresh enough to not complain about, but not something I`d order again. High-quality sashimi is worth making a special trip for. Maybe the bar was set a little high for me by others, because this is a good neighborhood restaurant, just nothing exceptional (which is what I was expecting).
Mia Stainsby has reviewed this restaurant favourably. I'm not sure why.
No liquor license, although they say they are in negotiations..
Following up on Mia's "best" list, my friend and I arrived for supper last week.
Everything was "OK", but I wouldn't rave about anything. Service was also just "OK". They seemed to be very much interested in getting a liquor license from a "somebody", and things were a bit slow.
Food was OK, but I wouldn't return quickly.
In a city overflowing with non-Japanese run sushi joints, I was excited to hear about this restaurant from friends. It's a small, well-lit place with some not-so-comfortable tables and chairs, but that doesn't matter to me so much as the food itself.
Sushi here is fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. All of our sushi came on nice glass plates with a decorative candle made of thinly-sliced daikon, carrot or cucumber wrapped around a tealight. So much care is put into presentation. They only serve sockeye here, none of that farmed atlantic salmon. The cooked food we ordered (beef don, baked eggplant) were also good, but Toshi's definitely has the best baked eggplant.
Service could use some improvement. Sat for 10 minutes before being given some menus and tea. But from that point on tea refills were frequent and service was polite.
Prices weren't high, considering that it seems to be authentic fare. So I would say that it's good value. But given that it was my first visit, I will have to wait until my next visit to see if the rest of the menu lives up to my expectations.
I've been to Zipang a couple of times in the past and decided to go there for dinner with a friend. I learned that the little restaurant acquired a new chef so I was interested what kind of new twist he would put into the already well known and fresh dishes. And I was not disappointed. The sushi came out on lovingly made plates decorated with fried lotus slice, white turnip enwrapped candle, and colourful roe. The menu is larger with more sushi choices and tapas style dishes. Also there was a menu of special rolls. We ordered the zipang and princess rolls, beef tataki, edamem, assorted tempura, and seafood okonomiyahi. Everything tasted great! I'll continue coming again before their budget runs out for little cute plate decorations ;-)
Went here on Sunday night, and had some amazing sushi. The menu has the usual rolls: cali, bc, dynamite, as well as some unique ones like the zipang roll. Their cali roll are made from fresh crab meat - very tasty. They also have alot other dishes like jap 'pizzas'. Plus they don't serve the steroid Farmed Salmon, only BC Wild Sockeye! Tea was refilled promptly and the ambiance has the hip main street flair.
I've visited Zipang a handful of times, and the food, and service has been consistent. The only thing I blame myself on is to not make reservations for this little place. It's got about 4 booths and about 4-7 tables scattered around the restaurant.
The presentation of their sushi and rolls are extremely pretty and creative. Their menu also have a variety of tapas and noodles and rice bowls. Prices are reasonable, food is fresh, washroom is clean. Service is excellent, while waiting servers are keen in making sure you're still in queue for your table. Consistent tea refilling, and once your plate is empty they clear it off the table immediately.
Definitely returning, and will remind to self to make reservations. Waiting time varies from 10-30 minutes.
love it! Always makes me happy. I really like the decor. Very clean. Great for any occasion. Fresh fish and good cooked food. Sometimes it takes a long time if you order coked food.. it all comes out at different times. i have been there and wondered if they forgot about certain items and when I asked for the bill they said I had more food coming.. it was really all spaced out a little much for my liking. O well still good.
I've been to Zipang more than a dozen times and absolutely love it. It's nice to go to a real Japanese sushi place where the sushi is actually bite size not jumbo pieces you can't fit in your mouth. Also nice to go somewhere and not leave with the msg-flush-face feeling. Occasionally the service can be very slow (usually this happens on busy dinner nights). But most times service is very decent and friendly. Food is always great and often they have interesting specials. Love the decor - very pleasant place to sit down. One scale up above cheap sushi prices but still very resonable (usually costs $20-25 for 2). Love it!
Been to this sushi place at least once every couple weeks recently. Absolutely love this neighbourhood restaurant. Everything is done well and tastes fresh. Many inventive rolls such as the caterpillar roll which is mouth watering. Every visit is better then the first and been introducing this place to many friends. Highly recommended. Food can be slow due to the lack of staff but well worth the wait!
I made reservations for a meal at this place expecting a slooooow night based on the reviews here and the knowledge that Friday nights aren't that predictable in Vancouver restaurants. What an incredibly pleasant surprise!
The food was just fresh! Hubby was convinced that all the ingredients had just been brought in that day and minimally/ not refrigerated. I couldn't agree more.
I came for the Takoyaki which was a bit undercooked but still better than the stuff at the food course and stayed overall for a fresh and delicious meal. The atmosphere was right there with other Main Street joints. We were impressed by the small space.
Our meal began with some sushi rolls. Nothing very imaginative, although the Rainbow Roll was very pretty, but super fresh and well presented. The Seafood Okonomiyaki was light, fluffy and small but filling. The rest of the dishes, chirashi, prawn yaki and salmon sashimi were also lovely.
The service was a bit slow and it took a while to get their attention but overall an excellent evening. Beats the crazy line at Toshi. Will definitely go again.
Because of all the great joints in and around East Vancouver, I rarely eat in downtown anymore. This sushi joint is awesome because it serves sushi as well as izakaya-style plates, they ONLY use sockeye salmon (sockeye salmon is always wild and never farmed), the prices are reasonable depending on if you choose the regular rolls or if you decide to go with the extravagant $14 deluxe rolls, and there's plenty of free parking on the side streets. My favourite dishes include the assorted sashimi salad, the majority of their rolls, and their ebi mayo. I highly recommend this place for both eat-in and take-out. Two thumbs up.
I've tried their takoyaki at the Richmond night market, and have been wanting to try out the restaurant itself. When we arrived at 5:45 on a Tuesday, it was already filling up and late arrivals were made to wait.
We ordered the usual sushi and tempura. They weren't bad at all but not great neither. As the title suggested, value is there as they were priced accordingly. ie not overly expensive or cheap.
Service was inconsistent depending on the waitress. One kept forgeting to bring us an extra bowl despite several reminders. The decor certainly offered no ambience. The chairs were high school classroom materials, and the tables' height were uneven. (We had a party of 6 and so they put two tables together).
All in all it was good and I may return, but it wasn't what I'd expected, especially seeing all the people waiting for their tables outside.
As we continue our quest for good authentic Japanese food we thought we'd mention Zipang. We have been here about eight times. Each time the food was good and the service was bad.
The food is good quality, decorative, and the price is fair to a little bit pricy. However, we have since stopped going because of the poor service. We call this place 'good Japanese food served with poor Vancouver attitude.'
Today, we went to the Japan Festival at the Van Dusen Gardens. We saw the stand for Takoyaki and were excited. I said, 'oh, they have Zipang menu's' and the funny haired guy who looks like he should work in a hair salon (ie, funky hair style) snapped at me and said, "ya, it's a restaurant." Did you notice I was a customer and paying you my money while you snapped it out of my hand and spoke so rudely. You attitude sucked (you know who you are-messed up hair guy).
I snickered to myself, when you said you were all from Zipang. It figures. The poor attitude matches. And that's why we don't go anymore. Plenty of other authentic Japanese places around.
Also, paying $5 for 6 Takoyaki ball is a bit much. Considering, at the summer Powell Street Festival you get the same thing, for much less cost, and it's served with effort and a smile.
You reaffirmed why we don't go to Zipang. To bad, because the food is pretty good.
This place has always been good but things seem to have been bumped up a notch recently in terms of service and food presentation.
The sushi platters are works of art, delicious and fresh.
Also, they have lots of vegetarian options--more than your average sushi place.
Decor is cool, vibe is good and music is nice and chilled.
Decided to try Zipang after reading some of the reviews. Was sadly disapointed. The service was lacking starting with the server snubbing us because we asked to her wipe our un-set table. The prices looked ok but for what you get it's not worth it. The rolls are less than 3 cm in diametre and just unsatifying. The cooked food was also small. We left spending over $40 and still quite hungry. Go if you eat something before.
It's been over a year since I last ate at Zipang - partly because of the very limited menu when it opened and also the fact it was not licensed. Well the menu now is actually too big (which is a good thing) and Japanese beers, sake and plum wine among other alcoholic beverages now available.
Service: has vastly improved with more attentive servers. The delivery of food items is still slow and badly timed as the hot kitchen dishes and cold items from the sushi bar come out whenever they are made regardless of appetizer or entree.
Food: Sushi is a must! Incredibly fresh and well presented. The garnishing of the platters is impressive with daikon wrapped tea lights; petit carrot flowers and coloured roe!
Price point is excellent. I do not find it as expensive as others have suggested - it is comparable to Toshi Sushi and Shiro's; and cheaper than Hachibei - all Japanese owned restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Ambiance: The art work on the walls need to be rearranged or changed as some seem to be sold and not replaced. Upon arrival the room was very hot and uncomfortable and A/C is desperately needed. I had to open the front door to allow for cross breezes to cool the room - it definitely helped!
I will definitely return for another tasty meal!